COUNTY PARAMEDICS NOW UNIONIZED
Eight full time paramedics in Allegany County have been included in the International Association of Firefighters, Local 1715. The IAFF approved a local chapter that would represent two different career positions, working for different employers. The move was not that unusual, in that the IAFF has other locals that represent different employees and branches.
DRUG RING PARTICIPANTS INDICTED
A federal grand jury indictment accuses three Petersburg residents, who are accused of being involved in a conspiracy to distribute heroin. Fourteen defendants have been implicated in the drug ring. Baltimore resident Tavon Darrell Moore is the alleged ringleader of the operation, while the three Petersburg residents-Melissa Bailey, Kimberly Michelle Bailey and Pamela Jean Bailey-have also been indicted. Authorities are still looking for 29-year old Tony Calvin Collins.
KEYSER RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR THEFT
Twenty-one year old Leah Jean Aronholt is accused of breaking into a vehicle last month, and stealing a credit card. She then tried to use the card at five different locations, but didn't have the "PIN" number. In total, she was charged with 13 offenses in the incident, which happened in the 1400-block of Ludwick Street.
TEEN ARRESTED IN LOCAL VEHICLE THEFT
Sixteen-year old Leandro Ovalles has been arrested in Montgomery County, and is being charged in connection with a local vehicle theft in Allegany County. Ovalles had been involved in an accident on eastbound I-70 earlier in the month; the vehicle he was driving was later reported missing from Allegany County. Ovalles is being charged as a juvenile in connection with a series of crimes committed earlier in July in Allegany, Washington and Montgomery counties. He was turned over to juvenile services and will remain in their custody, pending the disposition of charges of theft and burglary.
BUDGET REVISIONS RESULT IN DISTRIBUTIONS
The city of Keyser has approved a budget revision, which means some $40,000 in carry-over funds from last year will benefit the town's library, parks and playgrounds and the police department, among other entities. The library will receive $500 extra, while the police department and playgrounds will receive $11,000 each. The city is also looking toward receiving money with regard to ongoing litigation over the Keyser House on Main Street.
KEYSER POLICE TO RECEIVE EXTRA FUNDS
In addition to $11,000 in carry-over funds from the city of Keyser, the police department there will benefit from an additional $5220, resulting from the sale of seized property, which was placed up for auction. The city opened seven sealed bids for a motorcycle trailer that had been seized during a local drug raid. The money will be used for training and equipment for the police department.
POLICE INVESTIGATE VANDALISM INCIDENTS
The Cumberland City Police are investigating an incident in the 200-block of Washington Street, in which a person or persons had attempted to set an unoccupied, parked vehicle on fire by igniting the gas tank. The attempt was unsuccessful. In a second incident, two garbage cans and their contents were set on fire, in the area of Baltimore Street and the first block of Washington Street. The Cumberland Fire Department responded, with the State Fire Marshal's Office investigating. Anyone with information on either incident should contact the police department.
POTOMAC EDISON PLANS SERVICE OUTAGES
Potomac Edison has planned outages for next Thursday in two specific areas of Mineral County. A short, momentary outage will take place between 10 and 10:30 a.m., and will affect about 585 customers in the Wiley Ford area. The second outage will occur from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and will affect about 4,000 customers in the Fort Ashby, Furnace Acres and Short Gap areas. Specifically, that will be from Zim's Tire, Route 28 South, to Ed Oats Road off of Route 46 from the Hampshire county border to Waxler Road at the Pinnacle subdivision.
MAYOR COMMENTS ON ONGOING ISSUES
Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim says the Baltimore Avenue project is nearing completion. The Mayor says every day, is another day closer to being finished. There have been significant infrastructure improvements. On another subject, he says more residents are recycling;Mayor Grim says the mere fact that more people are utilizing their recycling bins, has caused others to begin participating. As for the ongoing combined sewer overflow issue, Mayor Grim says there have been no official meetings to date.
STIFFER PENALTIES FOR PASSING SCHOOL BUSES
The start of the new school year is still several weeks away, but drivers should know there are more severe penalties in place for passing a stopped school bus when is has its "stop arm" activated when transporting students. The fine is now $570 and three points on your driving record. In just one day last spring, nearly 3400 violations were recorded across the state. Fifty-three agencies in 22 jurisdictions will be receiving a total of nearly $541,000 from the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention to help make the trip to and from school safer.
CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS WITH FRONTIER ONGOING
The Communications Workers of America are attempting to negotiate a contract with Frontier Communications. Its employees have been working without a contract for nearly a year, and both sides have agreed to more than a half-dozen contract extensions over that time. The union says it wants a new contract, something that was promised by Frontier when it bought out Verizon in 2010. The CWA represents 1500 Frontier workers across the state.